The Florida Project
Director: Sean Baker
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklyn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Caleb Landry Jones
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Adventure
Country of Origin: USA 2017 115 mins. (15)
Released by Altitude Film Distribution
Sean Baker's edgy, off-beat transgender comedy 'Tangerine' (2015), shot on two iPhones with anamorphic adaptors had a raw, off-the-wall buzz. His follow-up, 'The Florida Project' is a wow, madcap delight.
Brooklyn Kimberly Prince plays six-year-old Moonee, a knockout, energy-filled crazy kid who lives with her mum Halley (Bria Vinaite) in an Orlando budget motel that carries a cross-section of those who live to make ends meet one way or the other. Disney World maybe just up the road but Moonee and Halley's life isn't going to cross into that American candy floss dream. It's a big, full on, go for it adventure for Moonee and her best pal Jancey (Valeria Cotto) and while Halley does whatever to pay the rent, you just know that something is going to happen that will affect Moonee and ever patient, ever tolerant motel manager Bobby (Willem Defoe) will pick up the pieces.
Brooklyn Kimberley Prince mesmerises, Bria Vinaite's stuns and Willem Dafoe is magnificent. 'The Florida Project' dazzles and delights with a spot on script and mesmerising performances, Alexis Zabe's hand held camera captures life on the edge rolled into long summer, sun filled days. A don't miss, stylish, energy-filled, 5-star, candy coloured cinematic treat.